PG | | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Fred Z. Randall is a geeky spacecraft designer who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars.
The motel interiors and some exteriors were built in the warehouse. The brick facades, were painted onto the exterior to look like bricks with shadows fixed into the artwork. The cheap-looking interior 'textured' walls actually had no texture. The surfaces were entirely flat. In fact, the art department painted shadows of texture on the walls as if lighting was always from the same directional sources. In fact, all the walls and ceiling were movable so lighting and cameras could be directed from any point deemed appropriate. If the walls had indeed been textured, the actual shadows that would have been cast would constantly change apparent direction, which would have been noticeable and distracting.
I have to go tinkle!
When the astronauts first step on Mars, they are in full daylight, but the sky is dark and stars are shining like on the Moon. This happens on the Moon because there is no atmosphere. Mars has an atmosphere and the daytime sky is reddish.
After all the credits, we see the ultimate fate of the substitute flag.
To get the PG rating in the UK 42 seconds were cut to remove a scene in which a child climbs into a washing machine and goes for a spin within it.
$4,472,937 (USA) (12 October 1997)
$15,448,043 (USA) (4 January 1998)